Megan is a suburban soccer mom who, once upon a time, walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of 40 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father who disappeared 17 years ago—and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.
©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I didn't know how I would feel about this audio book. I listened mainly because I wasn't due for two new books for a couple more weeks. But, I listened to this story and from the very first chapter, I knew I would enjoy it. The three main characters are brought together again after a murder(?) 17 years ago and as the story unfolded, I must have guessed four different people who could have done the deed and didn't really guess correctly until close to the end of the book. It was simply great. Scott Brick did an excellent narration. I will definitely listen to more stories by this author and narrator.
Yes. It's typical HB, but what he does, he does very well. Great story, suspense, character conflict and development.
Scott Brick reads a lot of HB books, and I generally enjoy him. He's a little melodramatic in his reading, but he's consistently good and knows how to distinguish between different character voices. He makes the listening experience easy.
Loved this book... I stayed up till 3 am to finish this book...
The book just dragged and dragged, it was hard to follow at times,but I love the author, and not just bolitar novels. This was my first real disappointment.
I am usually a fan of Harlan Coben but when he often gets on the subject of love or guilt he gets sappy, writes like a High School student, and sounds like a amatuer. The story is fun to a degree but the depressed characters and much of the sappy dialogue drags the story down. This same soap opera drama and guilt is also evident in Harlan's last few Mayron Bolitar novels. I hope this is a phase he moves pasts soon.
The story caught my attention from the beginning. Even though I guessed who the murderer was 1/2 way through the book, I still want ed to finish the story. I had to know why!
I chose this book for my #JIAM challenge of listening to new to me narrators and with a bonus of a new to me author that I have been meaning to read ,I am so glad I picked this one what a great book and great narration!
I now see why Harlan Coben is so popular here at the library this was a really good mystery, it kept me guessing all the way to the end. Coben’s writing kept me glued and I didn’t want to stop listening. I liked all the different parts of the story and trying to figure out how they all came together. The cop still trying to solve a 17 year old disappearance, the ex-stripper with so much to hide, the ex-photo journalist who has lost everything; how do all these people fit together and why after 17 years is it all coming to a head.
This mystery will keep you guessing and keep you on the edge of your seat, as I said this was my first book by Harlan Coben and it will not be my last.
Scott Brick’s narration was fantastic I just love his deep voice and was impressed with his characterizations. I will be seeking out more from him and I can see now why he has so many fans and I now count myself in that group!
I'm a long time fan of both Harln Coben and Scott Brick, but I had to check the web site again to check on the narrator (thought I had been mistaken). This was not up to his usual skills in narration....so much of the time he read in a breathy style that really began to get on my nerves. What changed? Actually, as the story gained more momentum and suspense, I was bothered less by the narration. The story was good (although a little confusing at first until I got everyone straight) anf then it got better and better. What a VAST improvement over his last Myron Bolitar story, which left me quite angry at him! A pretty good 'sit-longer in-the-parking-lot, drive-around -the-block-twice thriller
Likes: Dean Koontz, Lee Child, Janet Eveanvich, Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer, Harlen Coben....a real mixed bag!
I love Harlan Coben, but to be honest, I had grown tired of Bolitar, so I had stayed away for a while. This stand alone novel reminded me of why I fell so hard for his books in the first place. I couldn't stop listening after the first few minutes. Worth the credit!
The story had lots of twists and turn and it kept my interest to the last page.
This book has made me want more from this author and appreciate editing crime mysteries even more.
His delivery is always fantastic. I have never been disappointed in any book he has
If I had to cut a character if would be the Bloom's boss.
Sometimes I have a hard time getting into a book right away, so when I am finished I like to start again to paint a more vivid picture of characters and events.
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